FALMOUTH — Lauren Bame spent Wednesday night dealing with flu-like symptoms but the Wells High senior pitcher said she was ready to take on Falmouth in Thursday’s matchup of 7-1 teams.
Bame had no idea what she was getting into.
Wells and Bame needed 14 innings to beat Falmouth, 5-2. The last two innings were played with a tie-breaker system that had each half-inning start with a runner at second base. Both Bame and Falmouth sophomore Julia Treadwell pitched the entire game.
Wells finally broke through with three runs in the top of the 14th and Bame slammed the door 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.
The game was tied 1-1 after 12 innings.
“After every pitch I had to take huge deep breaths just to make it through but I did it,” Bame said. “I slept like two hours last night.”
Wells Coach Kevin Fox said he checked on Bame during the school day and “she said, ‘I’m good. I’m good.’ She wasn’t going to come off that mountain. Just a lot of heart, a lot of guts.”
“I knew Falmouth is a huge contender for the season and I knew that I wouldn’t be happy with myself if I gave up that easily,” Bame said.
Bame gave up six hits in the equivalent of two full games, striking out 14.
Treadwell matched her pitch-for-pitch, allowing eight hits and striking out 11, retiring 24 of 28 batters during one stretch.
“We took a lot out of this game,” Treadwell said. “It was a great effort from both teams. It’s kind of hard on the arm but I was excited to keep going out there each inning.”
After only three leadoff batters had reached through 12 innings, both teams took advantage of starting the 13th with a runner at second to score one run. Wells did it with conventional strategy, executing a sacrifice and getting an RBI groundout by Stephanie Woods.
Falmouth’s run came when Bame uncorked a wild pitch while trying to intentionally walk Walker with runners at second and third. After Walker did get her intentional pass and stole second, Falmouth still had runners at second and third with one out, but Bame got Treadwell to pop up and Jessica Collins’ grounder was handled by Wells third baseman Jordan Agger.
Fox took the blame for Bame’s wild pitch.
“I asked them to do something we hadn’t prepared for but like I said to them, ‘the great thing is, we screwed up and you guys got over it,’ ” Fox said.
In the 14th, Wells benefited from the same scenario when Bame’s spinning infield pop-up dropped for a single. After Bame stole second, Treadwell’s attempt to intentionally walk Agger resulted in a pitch to the backstop, with Ali Duplisea scoring the go-ahead run.
Wells pushed across two more on a grounder to first by Sophie Lamb and a sacrifice fly by Maddie Taylor with pinch-runner Amanda Woods just beating right fielder Katie Greene’s throw.
Bame pitched a 1-2-3 14th, with the game ending when Agger snared Emily Beaulieu’s liner.
“There’s no reason to hold your head low on something like that game,” Falmouth Coach Ray Fox said. “That was a great softball game.”
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